French envoy rejects reports of Pakistan pilots training on Rafale in France
New Delhi: VIPs from Qatar and France pose in front of the
first Rafale to be handed over. The stylised Arab stallion graphic is the badge
of the new Rafale squadron. (Photo: Dassault Aviation)
French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler on Thursday dismissed as
“fake news” reports that a batch of Pakistani pilots was trained on
Rafale fighter jets being procured by Qatari Air Force.
American aviation industry website ainonline.Com reported
that the first batch of pilots trained on the Rafale fighter jet for Qatar in
November 2017 were Pakistani exchange officers.
“I can confirm that it is fake news,” Ziegler tweeted.
French diplomatic sources said no Pakistani pilots ever
trained on Rafale jets in France.
There were concerns in the Indian military establishment
after the report by the US-based website.
The report came in the midst of a simmering political
slugfest over procurement of Rafale jets by the Modi government from France.
India is procuring a batch of 36 Rafale fighter jets from
France at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore. The Congress has been alleging massive
irregularities in the deal while the government has strongly rejected the